6 Things to Look for in a Bankruptcy Attorney (Part 1)

February 18, 2014

Experience and a lawyer’s standing with the state bar association are two important things to look for when screening bankruptcy attorneys.

Experience and a lawyer’s standing with the state bar association are two important things to look for when screening bankruptcy attorneys.

If you are struggling with large amounts of debt and have decided that it’s time to speak to a bankruptcy attorney to learn more about your options for getting a financial fresh start, you will likely be overwhelmed with possible choices when it comes to deciding who you should meet with and which bankruptcy attorney will be the best legal professional to handle your sensitive and important financial matters. In fact, if you are like many people who are looking for a bankruptcy lawyer, you will likely conduct an online search to try to find a lawyer; however, this can be a very risky approach, as you will likely be rolling the dice if you try to choose a bankruptcy attorney based on an Internet search and you don’t know what crucial things to look for in order to weed out the less appropriate options.

Here and in two upcoming parts of this blog, we will lay out and discuss the six essential things to look for in a bankruptcy lawyer in order to ensure that you choose the best attorney to handle your case.

  1. Experience – Hand’s down, one of the most important elements to consider when you are screening potential bankruptcy lawyers is how much experience they have handling bankruptcy cases. Obviously, the more experience a professional has with bankruptcies, the better, as this will ensure that a legal professional is familiar with both the latest bankruptcy laws and potential alternatives to bankruptcy (as bankruptcy may not be the best choice for you, depending on your specific financial situation).

    Additionally, the more experience that a bankruptcy attorney has, the more likely it will be that he will have forged good relationships with the other professionals in bankruptcy courts, which can only help facilitate and resolve your case as favorably as possible.

  2. Good Standing with the State Bar Association – As you screen possible bankruptcy lawyers, it’s a smart idea to check with your state bar association to see whether a specific attorney:
    1. Is in good standing
    2. Has as much experience as he professes to have
    3. Has the appropriate licensing and other credentials necessary to practice bankruptcy law.

Be extremely wary of any bankruptcy lawyer who tells you anything (in terms of his experience) that is different than the state bar association has on record; also, it’s best to avoid working with a bankruptcy lawyer who is NOT in good standing with the state bar association and/or who has complaints recorded with the bar association.

Be sure to look for our upcoming second and third parts of this blog for additional factors that are crucial to keep in mind as you are looking for a bankruptcy attorney.

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